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Major Guide: Economics


Major Coursework

As an Economics major, students should adhere to the following criteria in major course selection for study abroad:

  • 6 out of 12 credit hours of Economic elective coursework can be taken abroad
  • Economics elective coursework must reflect the focus of the major
  • Coursework must be upper division (300 – 400 level equivalent)
  • Avoid coursework on Economic History

Please note that Economics courses in the US tend to be more theoretical in nature while Economics courses abroad focus more on quantitative aspects.

*Students should meet with an International Programs and Study Abroad (IPSA) advisor to receive final approval for Economics coursework.

Non-major Coursework

Other types of courses available for study abroad include:

  • General education (ethics, arts & humanities, non-business electives)
  • Pre-business core (MGT 202, ECON 211 & 213, STAT 201 equivalents)
  • Business core (BULW 301, FINC 301, BUAD 332 equivalents)
  • Foreign language (HCB requires completion through intermediate level)
  • Collateral/concentration

Course Options

The following are examples of possible major elective courses available.

*This is not an exhaustive list.

  • Money and Monetary Policy
  • Markets and Corporate Behavior
  • Political Economy
  • International Economics (or any region or country specific Economics course)
  • Environmental Economics


Students interested in pursuing Economics elective coursework while abroad should consider:

  • Students are only able to take Economics elective coursework after completion of their tracking courses, which is typically after Sophomore year.
  • Economics majors are able to go abroad after their first semester of Freshman year if they are only taking general elective courses or Pre-Business core courses.
  • Students should not study abroad their final semester at UT if they plan to graduate in May due to the delay in transcript processing.

Selecting Your Collateral/Concentration

Another option of courses to take abroad are through your collateral/concentration. Please refer to your Haslam Student Handbook for all possible combinations.

The International Business (IB) concentration offers the most flexibility in course availability. Please note:

  • All 12 credit hours of IB elective coursework can be taken abroad.
  • Business coursework that is international in scope and upper division (300-400 level) can be counted as an IB elective.
  • IB courses give students the opportunity to pursue country or region-specific coursework that offers unique insight into international business practices.

Recommended Programs

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list. Other programs available through our website may also be viable options.

Economics Major Guide (PDF version)

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